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Sports Player grades: Tough night for Mike Smith as Edmonton Oilers lose 5-1 to Los Angeles Kings

09:45  22 november  2019
09:45  22 november  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

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Edmonton Oilers . Los Angeles Kings . League : NHL. On Thursday night , the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings will do battle in this Pacific Division matchup. The starting goalies are Mike Smith for Edmonton and Jonathan Quick for Los Angeles .

Los Angeles has won four straight on home ice. Players to watch. Oilers center Connor McDavid He is the first Oilers player to have at least three points in three straight games since Mark Messier (Jan. I think Connor had a six-point night not too long ago, and Leon had a five -point night , and it

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The Los Angeles Kings took advantage of a rough opening for Edmonton OIlers goalie Mike Smith, got off to a three-to-nothing lead in the first and cruised to a 5-1 victory.

Smith wasn’t the only Edmonton Oilers player to have an off night, as the first line had a rough first period as well, but Smith was the most notable and crucial. It’s hard to win in the NHL if your goalie isn’t at least as good as the opposition netminder.

So Edmonton lost. even as they weren’t badly outplayed. When it came to Grade A scoring chances, Edmonton had seven, Los Angeles, nine.

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Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings 8:30 pm. TV: SportsNet West. Radio: 630 CHEDFive Keys to Game 1 . Never Mind Five -on-FiveThe Kings have woeful Tough chore for the Kings defenceman, even if he relishes a challenge. Doughty is playing 25:20 a game, fourth-most in the league.

LOS ANGELES — Richard Bachman had a night ’s notice he would be starting Sunday against the Los He was the only reason his club was in the contest as the Kings took the play to the Oilers after the Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar scored in the shootout for the Kings to pull out the victory and

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Connor McDavid, 5. Early in the game he wasn’t able to contain a stretch pass, which kicked off the sequence of pain on the first Los Angeles goal. He was also slow to Anze Kopitar on the second L.A. goal. He briefly gave the Oilers some life early in the second, stealing the puck and scoring top shelf on a rapidly-developed breakaway. McDavid kept working hard, though, and was dangerous in the third period on many shifts.

Leon Draisaitl, 3. Not his best game of the year. Maybe his worst. He did not have his game together early on. He made a few turnovers right off the bat and lost a battle on the second Kings goal. The culmination of his early misfires came on the third L.A. goal where first he turned over the puck with a tough pass to McDavid, then failed to cover Jeff Carter for the rebound goal in the slot. He continued to look sloppy in the third period and was beat to the net on the fifth L.A. goal. Thus endeth the 13-game point scoring streak.

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EDMONTON , Alberta -- Cam Talbot has started 65 of the Oilers ' 72 regular-season games. Talbot made 35 saves Monday, posting his second consecutive shutout as the Oilers beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-0. "We played better tonight than we did last night ," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said.

Frankly, to lose like that to the worst team in the league is nothing short of embarrassing and every single person associated with the organization had better take a look in the Good night for Oscar Klefbom as he finished the night with a team-high 26:10, eight shots, five blocks, and two assists.

Zack Kassian, 7. One of the few Oilers who appeared to have his skating legs. He made a strong back check in the second period to stop Anze Kopitar on a dangerous rush. He twice set up Joakim Nygard on great scoring chance shots.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 4. He got off a good slot shot in the first, set up by solid board work by linemates Neal and Khaira. But he was part of a power play unit that threatened but failed.

James Neal, 4. Quiet and uneventful game, which isn’t what you want from a forward. He got off one solid shot in the third period on a Draisaitl pass, one of the few shining moments for either player.

Jujhar Khaira, 5. He showed great effort on the PK, going so far as to block a shot with his face in the second. a close up of text on a white surface © Provided by PostMedia Digital

Riley Sheahan, 6. I am loving his work on the PK, where he’s both smart and aggressive.

Joakim Nygard, 6. If only he had scored on one his breakaways or his point blank shot in the third. But not to be. Three Triple A chances, but no goal. He used his speed in the first to pull away but could not drain it. In the second, Nygard was foiled yet again on a clear break after Kassian and Bear sent him in alone.

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Josh Archibald, 5. He had a couple good looks in the first, but missed the net both times. Part of a strong PK unit.

Gaetan Haas, 5. He kicked the puck forward in the first, setting up Nygard’s breakaway.

Markus Granlund, 4. Also gets credit for his work on the PK. But not enough at even strength from him.

Alex Chiasson, 3. Hmm. Not getting it done. Took a bad penalty in the third, just as the Oilers were about to get off a dangerous shot. His game ended when he lipped the referee and got a misconduct penalty.

Darnell Nurse, 6. His bad pinch in the first led to a dangerous two-on-one chance for the Kings. But he set up Archibald cross-ice at the side of the net in the first, only to see Archibald chip it over the glass. Next Nurse beat his man at the blueline and almost beat Quick from a tight angle, the puck dribbling through Quick but just wide. He and Bear got beat on passes on the fifth L.A. goal.

Ethan Bear, 5. He got beat by Tyler Toffoli down the wing on the first Los Angeles goal. He moved the puck well, though, and helped set up Nygard for a breakaway in the second.

Oscar Klefbom, 6. Much of the team looked a bit off-kilter, but not Klefbom, who made a number of heady plays with the puck. He lost a battle on the fourth L.A. goal, but only after blocking a shot, so a tough play for him to make. He and Russell are a wall on the PK right now.

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Caleb Jones, 3. He lost a battle behind the net, allowing the pass out on the second L.A. goal. He made a bad read in the neutral zone kicking off the sequence of pain on the killer fourth L.A. goal, which also ended with Jones screening his own goalie. On the plus side, he was solid enough with the puck and won a physical battle with big boy Kyle Clifford in the third.

Adam Larsson, 5. The Oilers got down by four goals fast, but none of that was on Larsson, who looked pleasingly solid in his first game back.

Kris Russell, 6. He displayed some great hustle and stick work to help kill off early Los Angeles power plays. He was also active on the attack. He made a bad play in the neutral zone leading to two Grade A L.A. chances late in the second.

Mike Smith, 1. He was not sharp, not even close. Toffoli’s shot could have used a save. A short time later Smith kicked out a big rebound into the slot that the the Kings almost drained. Smith was hung out to dry the second L.A. goal with Kopitar was allowed to take a big wind up  on his slapper to score. But that was one ugly rebound on the third L.A. goal. It was also a killer because it was not only a weak play the goalie, which sucks the life out of a team, it was right at the end of the period, so a double dooper super stinker.

Mikko Koskinen, 6. He did his job. He was sharp when he came in, making saves on a few Grade B scoring chance shots. He had a ton of traffic on the fourth Los Angeles goal. He made a huge save on Austin Wagner’s breakaway chance in the second, then another on Adrian Kempe’s rebound chance. He got caught out a bit on the fifth goal, overcommitting a touch perhaps.

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